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Man arraigned in high-speed highway chase

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Published on May 9, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A Buzzards Bay man was arraigned today on nine charges after he allegedly led police on a high-speed highway chase from Boston to West Bridgewater on Friday afternoon.

Boston police attempted to pull over the car driven by William Monopoli, 27, around 1:50 p.m. Friday in Boston but Monopoli allegedly fled onto Interstate 93 southbound, Suffolk district attorney’s spokesman Jake Wark said in a statement.

An off-duty state trooper saw Monopoli’s 1998 Ford Ranger and attempted to pull him over on I-93, but Monopoli allegedly increased his speed to avoid the trooper and continued onto Interstate 24 southbound. He then continued to Route 106 in West Bridgewater where he lost control and crashed, Wark said.

After crashing, Monopoli allegedly jumped from his vehicle and climbed a fence into a parking lot. But he was captured by police around 2:20 p.m.

During the pursuit, Monopoli allegedly struck a pickup truck near Milton Square on I-93, nearly struck a trooper outside of his vehicle on Route 24, and tried to ram another trooper’s car on Route 24.

He was arraigned in Dorchester District Court this morning on charges of operating with a suspended license, marked lanes violation, speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A substance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

A dozen pills were allegedly found in Monopoli’s vehicle, as well as a number of broken pills, Wark said. The substance is currently being tested.

Additionally, Monopoli was wanted on a warrant issued by Suffolk Superior Court for failure to report to probation.

Monopoli is schedule to return to court June 7.

Written by jdunccc

May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

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